It was announced yesterday that Tom Hardy would again be returning to CBeebies to read in their Bedtime Stories programme on Mother’s Day. Many of the national newspapers including The Telegraph and the Independent stated that he had proved a popular host in the past and not just with it’s younger viewers – judging by some of the shares and comments all over my facebook wall they’re not wrong.
It’s clear to see that Tom is a good looking chap (ok so he’s a little bit more than good looking) and it was great marketing on the BBC’s part when Tom was brought in to read both the New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day Bedtime Stories. Some sources even state that Tom has recorded a few more stories so Mums everywhere will no doubt be swooning again later in the year. But I feel quite uncomfortable that a programme aimed at children is being promoted towards adults with the use of a good looking man and it seems I am not alone, this comment was left on a post on the CBeebies Facebook page.
The Facebook post has just over 5000 comments and from the 150 or so comments I read almost all of them said how amazing this was going to be and how they were looking forward to it and there was a lot worse too. There were a few comments from Dad’s and mums who agreed with what I’ve been saying. However, this seemed to get many knickers in a twist and some of the replies were quite nasty – when was having an opinion a reason for such nastiness? One commenter made a very good point about when Kimberley Walsh and Isla Fisher read a story that is all that they did there it wasn’t marketed at Dad’s for Father’s Day as that would have been wrong so why is marketing Tom Hardy reading a story for mums on Mother’s Day ok?
I can just imagine the outcry if Scarlett Johansson or Nicole Scherzinger were to present the programme on Father’s Day and men were to comment with some of the things Mum’s have been saying they would be called many things and I bet none of them would be nice. Many mums are saying that this is Mum’s treat would it be ok to call Nicole or Scarlett Dad’s Treat? No, I bet it wouldn’t. I’m almost certain terms like “piece of meat” and “objectifying” would be used by women who would think it was all kinds of wrong.
I was wondering why is it ok for Mums to “perv” at Tom Hardy but not for Dads to do the same – if there was a good looking female presenting the same programme would it be ok for Dad’s to be so vocal about what they’d like to do to them all over social media?
What do you think? Are you a mum who has loved/loves to watch Tom or are you someone like me who finds it all a little biased and uncomfortable to read/watch? I would love to know your thoughts.